Arctic Bath is anchored in the Luleälven river and enjoys the delights of both the midnight sun and the northern lights over the course of a year. The setting has a real impact and provides a combination of wellness and nature experiences for leisure travellers – all packaged in a sustainable concept.
The Arctic Bath destination hotel in Harads in the municipality of Boden offers a glorious nature experience. The main hotel building sits in the middle of the Luleälven river, and its appearance has been inspired by the practice of timber-floating that used to take place in this region. The circular structure houses a restaurant, relaxation zone with spa and sauna. At its heart is an open-air pool for guests who wish to take a bracing dip in the Luleälven river.
Half of the hotel’s 12 suites and rooms are built out over the water, while the remainder are along the shore. The rooms and other facilities have been furnished to create a sense of interaction with nature and the materials used in the buildings’ construction.
“Nature, authentic material choices and a focus on sustainability form the basis for the hotel’s interior design concept, that Arctic Bath and Arctic Trend have developed in collaboration with Input interior. The building exterior, the floors and the custom-built fittings all chiefly consist of wood. We have supplied a lot of furniture in white-pigmented oak, which blends in and adds to the overall look,” says Helena Pohjanen, Project Manager at Input interior in Luleå.
The colour palette for the project is tranquil and harmonious, largely featuring beige and grey. Simple and timeless. With a solid foundation, accent colours such as green, pink, blue and burnt tones can add contrast where appropriate.
“Working with colours linked to the location and surroundings instead of trends means the interior design will stand the test of time. Details in accent colours can be replaced to refresh the look while retaining the same backdrop,” says Helena, who adds that sustainability has been taken into account in terms of both quality and aesthetics throughout the project’s interior design process.
“A lot of interior furnishings are discarded these days well before there is any deterioration in quality; it’s more a case of new needs arising or simply tiring of the look of the furniture. However, by taking a considered and long-term approach and making mindful aesthetic choices an inclusive factor, interior furnishings can endure and provide lasting pleasure.”